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Published:Monday | September 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The autopsy on the body of Yetanya Francis confirmed what had been reported in the hours after her burnt body was discovered in Arnett Gardens - that she had been raped and stabbed before her body was set ablaze. Was it one devil? Or was it two or...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:57 AM

To Jamaicans, the name Barrett is primarily remembered in conjunction with the founding of Falmouth and the family’s 18th-century plantations in Trelawny. To the English, it is associated with the poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Like many...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:48 AM

Back-to-school is usually a time for generosity. Family and friends put together to make sure students are ready for the new year. One-one book full schoolbag! That’s how I ended up breaking my vow not to go back to Papine Market in its pop-...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:27 AM

The 2016-2017 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey paints for us a picture of a Jamaican society in desperate need of bold action to successfully overcome the scourge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), especially as we consider the health of our...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Kamina Johnson Smith, the foreign minister, will no doubt beg to differ, but few people will say that Jamaica's Government is doing enough to raise awareness, domestically, about the scandal of the Windrush Generation, thereby pressing the case of...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This article was submitted by a former security guard who has requested anonymity.Many security companies subject their guards to gross abuse. When an individual joins a security company out of frustration of being unemployed, he or she is...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The major news this past week included the announcement by chairman of the Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation (JDIC), John Jackson, that 90% of savings deposits in financial institutions are fully insured. Convinced he was making a great...

Published:Saturday | September 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Newspaper headlines throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and even in Trump's US of A featured very prominently, 'China announces US$60 billion in financing for Africa with 'no strings attached'.' An Associated Press (AP) report, five days...

Published:Saturday | September 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The link between a country's health and its prosperity has long been recognised. Indeed, we have heard it often enough: a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.This health-wealth equation affects every citizen of Jamaica, because development is so...

Published:Saturday | September 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

We write in response to the open letter from 'Unserviced Customer' of Royal Flat, a National Water Commission (NWC) customer of Mandeville, addressed to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) published in this newspaper on July 21, 2018, headlined...

Published:Friday | September 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As we often remind governments, what is worse than formulation of bad policies is when they actually execute them. That, generally, has deleterious consequences.Audley Shaw, the agriculture minister, like his two immediate predecessors, appears to...

Published:Friday | September 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

One of the most progressive additions to our Constitution was the inclusion of the right of all Jamaican children to an education. Well, Section 13(3)(k)(ii) of the Jamaican Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms only guarantees the right of...

Published:Friday | September 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

This week, I have been at-tending a conference in Niamey, the capital of Niger, the largest country in West Africa. At independence in 1960, it had a population of 1.7 million; by 2016, the population had grown to 20.6 million, one of the highest...

Published:Friday | September 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The media landscape in Jamaica is still very much traditional as gatekeeping is alive and well, but generally, anyone can publish anything. Thanks to the Internet, solid 'gates' have been turned into little more than screen doors, according to Chris...

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 12:07 AM

The National Water Commission (NWC) seems to be a friend to no one and an enemy to many. Months ago, I had reason to visit its head office on Marescaux Road because my water supply was interrupted (wrongly, in my view) and, surprisingly, I found the...

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 12:06 AM

Recently, the principal leadership of schools received $200 million as sponsorship to help manage secondary-school football competition. This is similar to the sponsorship for the operation of Boys and Girls' Athletics Championship (Champs). These...

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 12:05 AM

And so it came to pass that Fitz of the Tribe of Orange had a fit over the bikes of Babylon. His gripe that their colour is representative of the Green Tribe and a flagrant attempt to politicise the operations of the Babylonians may strike some of...

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Were he not so avuncular and entertainingly jocular, we would probably invoke, for Audley Shaw, Metry Seaga's advice to Karl James when he, as Mr Shaw has now done, accused Jamaica's manufacturers of cheating the Government of import duties on...

Published:Wednesday | September 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

With all the work to widen thoroughfares and redevelop infrastructure taking place across Jamaica's capital, there was, understandably, great fear of traffic gridlocks accompanying the start of the new school year. That hasn't happened, which, we...

Published:Wednesday | September 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

As a teacher for more than 20 years and curriculum, instruction and assessment specialist, I am compelled to add my voice to the ongoing discourse on the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).PEP is an achievement assessment and, as such, it includes ALL the...

Published:Wednesday | September 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Much has been said in the media about Calabar High as an academic institution, as well as the school's efforts to improve its academic standards. It is without doubt that Calabar is not at a place in the academic arena of secondary level schools...

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I was months out of the University of Technology in 2005 when the Nationwide supremo Cliff Hughes told me in a direct reasoning session that journalists, wherever they work in the world, do not begin to get real respect from their various publics...

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Eight days ago, my telephone rang. This is an infrequent occurrence, as most know this grumpy old man no longer speaks on that noisy, jangling invasion of privacy. Those who forget are further discouraged by a lengthy voicemail recording that tests...

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It can't be easy helping a child with homework you barely understand yourself. But such is life. It's a critical part of the parenting contract you inadvertently signed when you brought life into the world. For too long, teachers have become this...

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

No Jamaican industry has been analysed, studied and enquired into as has been sugar. In the last 60 years, there have been at least seven government-inspired commissions of enquiries or reviews akin thereto, into the industry. The latest was in 2010...

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